From the time the Ambassador Hotel opened on New Years’ Day, 1921 it was more than a hotel, it was a destination. Set amidst 21 acres of landscaped grounds, with its own tennis courts, golf course, restaurants, movie theater, post office, beauty salon, barber, shops and shoeshine stands, it was like a small city on its own. Its nightclub, The Cocoanut Grove, opened a few months after the hotel and Los Angeles and Hollywood society had been enjoying palmy nights there ever since.
October 1, 1926: the Coconut Grove welcomed home recording artist and house bandleader Abe Lyman from an extended tour in the east.
To celebrate Armistice Night, November 11, 1926 film director Cecil B. De Mille and Colburn’s Furs sponsored a fashion review at the Grove. Colburn’s had a shop downtown and at the Ambassador.
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